Life of a Fellow

Postdoc Researcher earns NIH Pathway to Independence Award

Alexis Coulourides Kogan, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral research associate at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, in the Department of Family Medicine and Geriatrics under the supervision of Laura Mosqueda, MD. Dr. Kogan is a mixed-methods health systems researcher with a focus on person-centered translational aging research, specifically in the areas care transitions for older adults and models of care for the seriously ill (palliative care and hospice). She received the prestigious NIH Pathway to Independence Award in 2016 for her promising research and career. Her graduate studies were completed at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at USC, where she earned her MS and PhD. Read more.

Dr. Elinne Becket is a Postdoctoral Scholar with the Peter Jones Laboratory at the University of Southern California Norris Cancer Center. Dr. Becket is a 2013 AP Giannini Fellow and analyzes the epigenomic changes in renal cell carcinoma. Dr. Becket earned a PhD. as a Whitcome Fellow in the UCLA Molecular Biology Interdepartmental PhD. Program. Her graduate studies were completed in the UCLA laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey H. Miller, analyzing the mechanisms of spontaneous and induced mutagenesis in Escherichia coli. Watch the video here.

Dr. Artin Petrossians
 is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Ophthalmology with the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Petrossians’ research area is focused on the optimization of the brain/machine interfaces by applying a thin layer of platinum alloy as a high-performance material. Using this new material improves the current brain implant’s performance by using less invasive electrodes with smaller feature size and to lower the power consumption of the device.

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